Period
to 19 October 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for PCI DSS skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited PCI DSS over the 6 months to 19 October 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS)
UK
6 months to
19 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 554 421 517
Rank change year-on-year -133 +96 -27
Contract jobs citing PCI DSS 267 110 328
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.32% 0.35% 0.39%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 2.51% 2.97% 3.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 166 70 216
10th Percentile £300 £305 £344
25th Percentile £421 £325 £408
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £517 £494 £526
Median % change year-on-year +4.71% -6.13% +5.20%
75th Percentile £615 £616 £650
90th Percentile £694 £701 £763
UK excluding London median daily rate £443 £363 £500
% change year-on-year +22.21% -27.50% +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 0 2
10th Percentile £54.98 " "
25th Percentile £76.50 " £19.05
Median hourly rate £79.00 - £20.11
75th Percentile £80.00 " £21.16
90th Percentile £86.83 " "
UK excluding London median hourly rate £77.00 - £20.11

PCI DSS is in the Quality Assurance and Compliance category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 10,643 3,700 9,565
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.64% 11.87% 11.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,165 2,356 6,103
10th Percentile £263 £275 £247
25th Percentile £388 £363 £350
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £473 £450
Median % change year-on-year +5.82% +5.00% -
75th Percentile £600 £574 £550
90th Percentile £688 £645 £631
UK excluding London median daily rate £440 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +0.57% +2.94% +3.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 314 151 394
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.75 £11.04
25th Percentile £12.63 £14.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate £20.00 £21.05 £20.95
Median % change year-on-year -4.99% +0.50% +4.73%
75th Percentile £39.88 £45.00 £46.89
90th Percentile £62.15 £54.69 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £21.05 £22.18
% change year-on-year -16.86% -5.08% +8.79%

PCI DSS
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing PCI DSS as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for PCI DSS in the UK

PCI DSS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing PCI DSS.

Daily rate trend for PCI DSS in the UK

PCI DSS
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing PCI DSS over the 6 months to 19 October 2021.

Daily rate histogram for PCI DSS in the UK

PCI DSS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing PCI DSS.

Hourly rate trend for PCI DSS in the UK

PCI DSS
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing PCI DSS over the 6 months to 19 October 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for PCI DSS in the UK

PCI DSS
Top 15 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing PCI DSS within the UK over the 6 months to 19 October 2021. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -153 206 £520 +9.47% 102
London -138 114 £550 +4.76% 45
UK excluding London -114 97 £443 +22.21% 61
Work from Home -157 95 £500 +25.00% 21
North of England -55 34 £394 +12.50% 20
South East -94 26 £470 +43.84% 21
Yorkshire -26 24 £323 -7.86% 3
Midlands -75 14 £330 -5.71% 11
North West -55 10 £394 -12.98% 15
South West -46 8 £550 -21.43% 2
Scotland - 8 £425 - 1
East Midlands -34 7 £775 +121.43% 1
West Midlands -57 7 £120 - 10
East of England -42 6 £550 +43.79% 3
Wales -28 1 £595 -13.45% 3

For the 6 months to 19 October 2021, IT contractor jobs citing PCI DSS also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads with a requirement for PCI DSS.

1 102 (38.20%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 98 (36.70%) GDPR
3 92 (34.46%) Information Security
4 77 (28.84%) Finance
5 72 (26.97%) Azure
5 72 (26.97%) Cybersecurity
6 71 (26.59%) Social Skills
7 68 (25.47%) Agile Software Development
8 61 (22.85%) NIST
9 52 (19.48%) Firewall
10 45 (16.85%) CISSP
11 43 (16.10%) Risk Management
12 40 (14.98%) ITIL
12 40 (14.98%) Windows
12 40 (14.98%) AWS
13 37 (13.86%) Management Information System
14 36 (13.48%) Microsoft
14 36 (13.48%) Sarbanes-Oxley
14 36 (13.48%) Degree
15 34 (12.73%) Problem-Solving
15 34 (12.73%) Kubernetes
16 33 (12.36%) SIEM
16 33 (12.36%) Linux
17 31 (11.61%) CISM
17 31 (11.61%) Docker
18 30 (11.24%) Stakeholder Management
19 29 (10.86%) Analytical Skills
20 28 (10.49%) Data Security
20 28 (10.49%) Security Management
20 28 (10.49%) TOGAF

PCI DSS
Co-occurring IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 5 (1.87%) IIS
1 5 (1.87%) JBoss
1 5 (1.87%) NetWeaver
1 5 (1.87%) WebSphere
2 4 (1.50%) IBM Notes
3 3 (1.12%) Apache
3 3 (1.12%) nginx
3 3 (1.12%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 3 (1.12%) SharePoint
4 2 (0.75%) Confluence
4 2 (0.75%) OpenStack
5 1 (0.37%) Tomcat
5 1 (0.37%) WebLogic
Applications
1 4 (1.50%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.37%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (0.37%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 5 (1.87%) Payment Gateway
2 3 (1.12%) Cloudability
2 3 (1.12%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 72 (26.97%) Azure
2 40 (14.98%) AWS
3 22 (8.24%) Microsoft 365
4 14 (5.24%) IaaS
4 14 (5.24%) Serverless
5 13 (4.87%) PaaS
6 12 (4.49%) SaaS
7 9 (3.37%) Azure Active Directory
8 7 (2.62%) AWS Lambda
8 7 (2.62%) GCP
9 5 (1.87%) Amazon ECS
9 5 (1.87%) Amazon EKS
9 5 (1.87%) AWS Fargate
9 5 (1.87%) Azure Cosmos DB
9 5 (1.87%) Azure ExpressRoute
9 5 (1.87%) Azure Functions
9 5 (1.87%) Azure Stack
10 4 (1.50%) Dynamics 365
10 4 (1.50%) GitHub
10 4 (1.50%) Power Platform
Communications & Networking
1 52 (19.48%) Firewall
2 22 (8.24%) Network Security
2 22 (8.24%) VPN
3 15 (5.62%) DNS
3 15 (5.62%) WAN
4 10 (3.75%) Wireless
5 9 (3.37%) MPLS
6 8 (3.00%) DHCP
6 8 (3.00%) IPsec
7 7 (2.62%) Intrusion Detection
7 7 (2.62%) LAN
7 7 (2.62%) SD-WAN
8 6 (2.25%) Internet
9 5 (1.87%) PBX
9 5 (1.87%) Skype
9 5 (1.87%) SSL
9 5 (1.87%) VoIP
10 4 (1.50%) Cisco ASA
11 3 (1.12%) HSRP
11 3 (1.12%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (3.00%) SQL Server
2 5 (1.87%) Azure SQL Database
2 5 (1.87%) Big Data
2 5 (1.87%) Data Warehouse
2 5 (1.87%) DB2
2 5 (1.87%) MySQL
2 5 (1.87%) SAP HANA
3 3 (1.12%) Amazon RDS
3 3 (1.12%) Data Lake
3 3 (1.12%) PostgreSQL
3 3 (1.12%) Power BI
3 3 (1.12%) Tableau
4 2 (0.75%) Oracle Database
4 2 (0.75%) Relational Database
4 2 (0.75%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 2 (0.75%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 2 (0.75%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 1 (0.37%) Amazon DynamoDB
5 1 (0.37%) MongoDB
5 1 (0.37%) Redis
Development Applications
1 6 (2.25%) Git (software)
2 3 (1.12%) Rational DOORS
3 2 (0.75%) Gradle
3 2 (0.75%) JIRA
3 2 (0.75%) JMeter
3 2 (0.75%) Rational Rhapsody
3 2 (0.75%) Selenium
3 2 (0.75%) Subversion
3 2 (0.75%) TestRail
3 2 (0.75%) Visual Studio Team System
4 1 (0.37%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 1 (0.37%) Gatling
4 1 (0.37%) GitLab
4 1 (0.37%) Jenkins
4 1 (0.37%) JUnit
4 1 (0.37%) Mercurial
4 1 (0.37%) MLflow
4 1 (0.37%) Postman
4 1 (0.37%) TeamCity
4 1 (0.37%) Visual Studio
General
1 77 (28.84%) Finance
2 71 (26.59%) Social Skills
3 29 (10.86%) Analytical Skills
4 28 (10.49%) Retail
5 15 (5.62%) Influencing Skills
6 13 (4.87%) Legal
7 12 (4.49%) Public Sector
8 9 (3.37%) Presentation Skills
9 8 (3.00%) Banking
10 7 (2.62%) Documentation Skills
11 6 (2.25%) Marketing
12 5 (1.87%) Billing
13 4 (1.50%) Organisational Skills
13 4 (1.50%) Telecoms
14 3 (1.12%) Financial Institution
14 3 (1.12%) French Language
15 2 (0.75%) German Language
15 2 (0.75%) Local Government
15 2 (0.75%) Retail Banking
15 2 (0.75%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 70 (26.22%) Architect
2 42 (15.73%) Consultant
3 33 (12.36%) Security Consultant
4 30 (11.24%) Solutions Architect
5 28 (10.49%) Security Architect
5 28 (10.49%) Security Engineer
6 22 (8.24%) Analyst
7 15 (5.62%) Project Manager
8 13 (4.87%) Security Analyst
9 12 (4.49%) Security Manager
10 11 (4.12%) Network Engineer
11 10 (3.75%) Azure Architect
11 10 (3.75%) Cloud Engineer
12 9 (3.37%) Cloud Architect
12 9 (3.37%) Technical Architect
13 8 (3.00%) Cybersecurity Consultant
13 8 (3.00%) Network Security Engineer
13 8 (3.00%) Systems Engineer
14 7 (2.62%) IT Engineer
14 7 (2.62%) Senior Technician
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (4.87%) Middleware
2 11 (4.12%) Web Services
3 10 (3.75%) SAML
4 6 (2.25%) OAuth
5 5 (1.87%) SAP Basis
6 3 (1.12%) .NET
7 2 (0.75%) REST
7 2 (0.75%) Spring
8 1 (0.37%) 802.1X
8 1 (0.37%) ASP.NET Web Forms
8 1 (0.37%) GraphQL
8 1 (0.37%) Kafka
8 1 (0.37%) Lambda Expressions
8 1 (0.37%) LESS
8 1 (0.37%) OAuth2
8 1 (0.37%) React
8 1 (0.37%) React Native
8 1 (0.37%) Sass
8 1 (0.37%) Spring Boot
8 1 (0.37%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 37 (13.86%) Management Information System
2 24 (8.99%) Public Cloud
3 16 (5.99%) Data Centre
3 16 (5.99%) Greenfield Project
4 9 (3.37%) PKI
5 7 (2.62%) Hybrid Cloud
6 6 (2.25%) CESG
7 5 (1.87%) Data Protection Act
7 5 (1.87%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 5 (1.87%) Mobile App
8 4 (1.50%) Private Cloud
8 4 (1.50%) Security Operations Centre
9 3 (1.12%) Analytical Mindset
9 3 (1.12%) Clustering
9 3 (1.12%) Cyberattack
9 3 (1.12%) Hedge funds
10 2 (0.75%) Algorithms
10 2 (0.75%) EMV
10 2 (0.75%) Enterprise Software
10 2 (0.75%) Grid Computing
Operating Systems
1 40 (14.98%) Windows
2 33 (12.36%) Linux
3 16 (5.99%) Windows Server
4 9 (3.37%) VMS
5 6 (2.25%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 6 (2.25%) Unix
5 6 (2.25%) Windows Server 2012
6 5 (1.87%) AIX
6 5 (1.87%) Mac OS
7 4 (1.50%) Android
7 4 (1.50%) Windows Phone
7 4 (1.50%) Windows Server 2019
8 3 (1.12%) Apple iOS
8 3 (1.12%) Windows 10
8 3 (1.12%) Windows Server 2008
9 2 (0.75%) FreeRTOS
9 2 (0.75%) Windows Server 2016
10 1 (0.37%) Amazon Linux
10 1 (0.37%) CentOS
10 1 (0.37%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 92 (34.46%) Information Security
2 72 (26.97%) Cybersecurity
3 68 (25.47%) Agile Software Development
4 43 (16.10%) Risk Management
5 40 (14.98%) ITIL
6 34 (12.73%) Problem-Solving
7 33 (12.36%) SIEM
8 30 (11.24%) Stakeholder Management
9 28 (10.49%) Data Security
9 28 (10.49%) Security Management
9 28 (10.49%) TOGAF
10 25 (9.36%) Data Protection
10 25 (9.36%) DevOps
10 25 (9.36%) Security Architecture
11 24 (8.99%) Computer Science
12 23 (8.61%) Migration
12 23 (8.61%) Project Management
13 22 (8.24%) ISMS
13 22 (8.24%) OWASP
14 21 (7.87%) Microservices
Programming Languages
1 14 (5.24%) SQL
2 5 (1.87%) PowerShell
3 4 (1.50%) Java
3 4 (1.50%) Python
4 3 (1.12%) T-SQL
5 2 (0.75%) Bash Shell
5 2 (0.75%) C#
5 2 (0.75%) JavaScript
6 1 (0.37%) C
6 1 (0.37%) Go
6 1 (0.37%) Perl
6 1 (0.37%) Ruby
6 1 (0.37%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 45 (16.85%) CISSP
2 36 (13.48%) Degree
3 31 (11.61%) CISM
4 26 (9.74%) CISA
5 21 (7.87%) Cisco Certification
6 18 (6.74%) CRISC
7 15 (5.62%) Microsoft Certification
8 14 (5.24%) MCSE
9 13 (4.87%) CCNA
9 13 (4.87%) FFIEC
9 13 (4.87%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
9 13 (4.87%) ISO 27001 Lead Implementer
10 12 (4.49%) GIAC
10 12 (4.49%) MCP
11 11 (4.12%) MCSA
12 10 (3.75%) ISACA
12 10 (3.75%) SC Cleared
12 10 (3.75%) Security Cleared
13 9 (3.37%) GSEC
13 9 (3.37%) PCI QSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 102 (38.20%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 98 (36.70%) GDPR
3 61 (22.85%) NIST
4 36 (13.48%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 21 (7.87%) GRC
6 20 (7.49%) COBIT
7 16 (5.99%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 15 (5.62%) SOC 2
9 13 (4.87%) ISO 9001
10 12 (4.49%) PSD2
11 10 (3.75%) Cyber Essentials
11 10 (3.75%) GLBA
12 5 (1.87%) HIPAA
13 4 (1.50%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
13 4 (1.50%) ISO/IEC 20000
14 3 (1.12%) SOC 1
15 2 (0.75%) NIST 800
15 2 (0.75%) QA
15 2 (0.75%) SLA
16 1 (0.37%) BS7799
System Software
1 31 (11.61%) Docker
2 24 (8.99%) Active Directory
3 5 (1.87%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (1.12%) Virtual Servers
5 2 (0.75%) Citrix Hypervisor
5 2 (0.75%) DFS Replication
5 2 (0.75%) Microsoft App-V
5 2 (0.75%) NFS
5 2 (0.75%) VMware Server
6 1 (0.37%) Hyper-V
6 1 (0.37%) Virtual Machines
6 1 (0.37%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (0.37%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 34 (12.73%) Kubernetes
2 14 (5.24%) Terraform
3 9 (3.37%) Ansible
4 7 (2.62%) Active Directory Federation Services
4 7 (2.62%) WSUS
5 5 (1.87%) SCCM
6 4 (1.50%) Puppet
6 4 (1.50%) RSA Archer
7 3 (1.12%) Single Sign-On
8 2 (0.75%) Cisco CME
8 2 (0.75%) Cisco CUCM
8 2 (0.75%) EdgeSight
8 2 (0.75%) Host Intrusion Detection System
8 2 (0.75%) HP Quality Center
8 2 (0.75%) Nessus
8 2 (0.75%) QRadar
9 1 (0.37%) MIIS
9 1 (0.37%) Nagios
9 1 (0.37%) SCOM
9 1 (0.37%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 36 (13.48%) Microsoft
2 16 (5.99%) Cisco
3 13 (4.87%) VMware
4 12 (4.49%) Citrix
5 11 (4.12%) Oracle
6 9 (3.37%) ForeScout
6 9 (3.37%) IBM
7 8 (3.00%) Palo Alto
8 7 (2.62%) SAP
9 5 (1.87%) F5
9 5 (1.87%) Mirantis
9 5 (1.87%) Rapid7
9 5 (1.87%) Red Hat
9 5 (1.87%) Software AG
10 4 (1.50%) Apple
10 4 (1.50%) Avaya
10 4 (1.50%) Gemalto
10 4 (1.50%) Google
10 4 (1.50%) Qualys
10 4 (1.50%) Splunk